If you look after your wooden furniture properly, it can last for generations. We want you and your family to get the most out of our products, that's why we've put together this guide.
Wooden furniture falls into two different categories: softwood and hardwood. Softwood such as pine tends to be a more affordable option, and is usually painted or treated. Softwood will typically require more maintenance than hardwood, as it's less robust. Hardwood furniture, on the other hand, is typically made using high-quality teak or eucalyptus wood. As result, they need to be looked after in different ways.
How to clean and treat softwood garden furniture
To keep your garden furniture spick and span, you should wash it down with a wood-cleaning product at least once a year. And, whenever you feel it needs it, you should apply a wood stain or paint that contains a preservative. It's important that you always treat your furniture in dry weather, and focus on any horizontal surfaces where water is likely to collect.
How to store softwood garden furniture in winter
If you have the space, it's always best to move your garden furniture indoors when you've finished using it for the year. But don't fret if this isn't possible — there are steps you can take to make sure your furniture is protected if it's left outside for the winter.
When you're retiring your garden furniture for the colder months, you should remove any cushions and store them indoors. If possible, you should then move your furniture to a particularly sheltered area of your garden. It's also a good idea to invest in some specially made breathable covers that will help to protect your furniture from wind, rain, and snow. Attach these to your table and chairs while they are completely dry to prevent any moisture from being trapped and left to wreak havoc while your furniture isn't being used.
How to care for hardwood garden furniture
Hardwood furniture is usually more durable than its softwood counterpart, but it still needs to be cared for. Here's what you should consider when cleaning, treating, and storing your hardwood garden furniture.
How to clean and treat hardwood furniture
When it comes to cleaning your hardwood furniture, you'll simply need to wash it down once a year using a soft-bristled brush and soapy water. This will help to remove any unsightly build-up of algae or lichens.
While hardwood furniture can stand up to the elements on its own, it will become a silvery grey colour if it's left to weather. While some people are more than happy for this to happen, others prefer their furniture to retain its original colour. If you're firmly in the latter camp, it's best to apply a wood treatment such a clear oil or UV protection oil, and if you have teak furniture then teak oil is perfect.
How to store hardwood furniture in winter
As hardwood furniture is particularly durable, it can be left outside all year round. However, if you would like to keep it in the best condition possible, don’t leave your furniture on grass as this creates more moisture, and you should invest in specially made breathable covers that will help to protect your furniture from the elements. Just be sure to give your chairs and table a good clean and leave everything to dry thoroughly before attaching your covers.